Sunday, 15 March 2015

Kingsland Road "We Are The Young" album review!

Today's the day that most klanders have been waiting for - Kingsland's debut album 'We Are The Young' has been released!! I thought I'd share my totally unbiased* opinion on the album tracks..... (*anyone that knows me will already know what my favourite song is and I will almost definitely try and make it to be yours too haha)

1. We Are The Young
The album opens with the anthemic We Are The Young, which carries the message to let us live our own lives, make our own mistakes and not to let anyone tell you that you can't do something. The lyrics really hit home and I've got to comment on Matt's vocals in particular as they are flawless!

2. Misbehave
If you went to any of the lads' summer shows then this song will be familiar to you. If you really listen to the lyrics then you'll never quite sing along to it in the same way again but it's such a good song and great for dancing to on tour!

3. Dirty Dancer
This was the boys' first single and for that reason alone it will always be a special song!

4. Freedom
This is so close to being my favourite song on the album! Again it's one of those anthemic songs that's great to sing along to. From the tweets I've seen on my timeline this is definitely the new fan favourite! 

5. Girl With No Name
MY. FAVOURITE. SONG. This song has a special place in my heart as it was the song we heard them record during our studio pledge and it's been stuck in my head ever since. One of the reasons why I love it so much is because of one line near the end of the song which goes "Through the window she could see that the picture he painted was not what she'd seen ohhhh, in the spotlight holding back the tears" (still unsure of the exact lyric in the middle, have a listen). LEGIT MY FAVE LINE OFF THE WHOLE ALBUM (props to Con and Josh for doing an amazing job of it) I'm obsessed with it and keep telling everyone which is really annoying sorry but it's just epic!!

6. Never Too Late
I love this song, the lyrics are relevant not only to the boys but to anyone that listens to the song - never give up 'you started out with nothing, you held on to that something, and it's a long way from the top but your success will break your fall'. 

7. Shoreline
Actual jam! You can't listen to this without smiling and cracking a dance move or ten, it reminds me of the summer and never fails to make me happy!

8. He's Got It Coming
Great song which now has an added Connor rap which is absolutely brilliant! 

9. Heaven Knows
This song always makes me emosh but I'm so glad to finally have a studio version of it! 

10. Walk Away
I automatically think of the boys doing this water spit thing when I hear this song haha! Thomps is my favourite vocalist on this song, the 'girl the games that you play, it's time for a change, change, chaaaaaange' bit is my favourite!

11. Dirty Dancer remix 
This just makes you want to get up and dance like mad!


It is also available to download on Amazon, where you can also purchase a physical copy, not forgetting the fact that it will be available to buy from HMV from tomorrow!!! 

They deserve to have success, nothing would make me happier to see them do well. Their album is incredible, so please get behind them!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Album Signing Party

On Sunday we went to London for Kingsland's album launch signing party! It was finally time for us to grab a copy of the album a week before anyone else.

It was amazing to be a part of this day with the boys and I got to spend it with so many of my friends in the fanbase. 

#SquadGoals ;-) 

Firstly they did a little signing, where they squiggled their autograph on everyone's cd's and t-shirts. This was quite quick but we got to speak to the boys briefly. I remember telling Con that we'd already read the insert whilst queuing, their thank you page is so cute!

favourite boys always :)

Next we queued up for group pictures. This took far longer than the signing but we amused ourselves by taking selfies and singing along to the album which was playing in the background. The album is so good that I kept singing really loudly along with it even though I am tone deaf so again I apologise to the people I was with haha! I also made everyone shut up when "my line" came on haha, serious appreciation for the "through the window..." line in Girl With No Name which needs to be sung as loud as physically possible of course ;-)

I took pictures for a few people and then I had my turn with the boys which was awkwardly funny, having hugs whilst Thomps shouts at mum to capture the moment lol! At the end we also got individual pictures with the boys which was cute!

My favourite fellow Thomps girl and our main man 

I had so much fun that day with all the girls and I can't believe that I now own a copy of Kingsland's album, it's bizarre! I spent most of the train journey home listening to it, replaying Freedom and Girl With No Name countless times!

some of my faves :)

I'm sat writing this on the train to Newcastle for their second tour date (I will blog about Manchester's opening night later) and I'm really excited for it! The album also comes out tonight at midnight eep!!! 

Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Friday, 6 March 2015

For The First Time (sort of...)

Last Saturday we went to Sheffield to see The Script. We've always liked The Script's music but have only ever seen them perform a short set (during last year's Jingle Bell Ball) so I was excited to finally see them for a whole show.

We arrived at the Motorpoint Arena (I felt like I was betraying our little Motorpoint in Cardiff haha) and went to our seats on the second level. Considering they were bought late in the day when they went on sale, we had a really good spot.

Tinie Tempah was the support act (as Labrinth had pulled out a few days before the tour started) and he was amazing. We've seen him a few times before at T4 on the Beach and he always manages to get the crowd going. I do enjoy going to gigs where the main artist can have known support acts - I've stood through so many awful people over the years, so it was nice to have a support act that I loved!

Then it was time for The Script! Their opening was stunning - the VT showed them backstage preparing to come on and once they came out, they appeared with an army of fan competition winners bearing flags which glowed green like light sabres. Their opening song was Paint The Town Green, which is quite literally what they did!

I was pleasantly surprised at how many old songs they included in the setlist - For The First Time and Six Degrees of Separation being particular favourites of mine. They also performed a slightly more stripped back set on the B stage so that people at the back of the arena could see them better!

There was plenty of banter on stage as Danny and Glen downed a bottle of beer, as well as an awkward phone call to somebody's ex in which The Script and the entire arena sang Nothing down the phone to them!

There was also a moment where Danny noticed that a girl was unwell in the crowd and got security to pull her out. He would not carry on performing until she was safe and he even went down from the stage to give her a hug and to make sure she was okay, how lovely!

Their set was incredible, they literally gave everything they had on that stage. Their songs are so anthemic and it was nice just to great to finally watch them do a whole set. They're definitely someone I would go and watch again!

I'm currently sat on the train to London, no prizes for guessing who I'm going to see's Kingsland's album launch party/social/signing (whatever you want to call it) and I wouldn't miss it for the world! I'm super excited to get a copy of the album tomorrow!

Hwyl am y tro ✌️